House Leaders Meet On Sunday Seeking Funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House lawmakers are meeting in Frankfort and may go late into the evening in hopes of finding more money for Kentucky's next two-year state spending plan.

House Speaker Jody Richards says legislators want to find ways to avoid making education funding cuts in the state's next two-year budget that starts July 1. Members of six budget subcommiittee were meeting behind closed doors as of late Sunday afternoon at the Capitol to discuss the proposed budget.

A person answering the phone in Speaker Richards' office says they could be meeting for several more hours ... into the evening.

Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed an $18.5 billion two-year spending plan that includes 12-percent funding cuts to numerous state government agencies and public colleges and universities.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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